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Avoid These Silly Bank Fees and Save

You're a pro at avoiding ATM fees and finding free checking, but banks are slapping fees on everything from your standard withdrawal at another bank to helping its customers. Yes, that customer service call could come with a charge. Banks are relying on fee income more than ever, so don't be surprised if your institution starts sticking you with a tab for checking your balance.

The Wall Street Journal identifies 10 fees you should keep an eye on, and while it mentions that you might have some luck asking your bank to waive a fee you catch on your account, wouldn't it just be easier to avoid them in the first place? Two of the fees listed by the WSJ stand out as particularly silly — $2 to $4 fees for visiting a bank teller more than a couple times a month, and $0.50 to $5 for making account inquiries or reordering checks over the phone.

Find out if your bank charges for any of these services; it's relatively easy to dodge them once you're aware. You can take care of most banking business online and make deposits through your bank's ATM.

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ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i remember when i got my checking account YEARS ago - they mentioned something about going to tellers - but i looked online and i don't think that it's a limitation on my account. i think that banks are just trying to make up whatever losses then can...
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